15th October (Friday)
Vijay Muhurat- 14:00 to 14:45
Aparahna Puja Time- 13:14 to 15:31
Dashami Tithi Begins- 18:51 (14th October)
Dashami Tithi Ends- 18:01 (15th October)
Dussehra is also known as Dashain or Vijayadashami is a major Hindu festival. Every year it is celebrated at the end of Navaratri. It falls under the tenth day according to the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin. It happens on the seventh month of the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, this falls in September and October. Talk to an astrologer online to learn about the rituals of this festival.
Legends related to the festival: -
The festival Dussehra has many legends attached to it. Lord Rama went into exile with Goddess Sita and his brother Lord Laxman. During their stay, goddess Sita was abducted by Sri Lankan king Ravana. The battle continued for 9 days and at last Lord Rama defeated demon king Ravana. He freed his wife from Ravana’s captivity. It is believed that Lord Rama was the embodiment of Lord Vishnu who took birth to kill Ravana and free people from his misery. Also, on this day, Goddess Durga killed Mahishasur, so it is also celebrated as Vijayadashami. Lord Rama prayed to goddess Durga before the battle to seek her blessings. He offered 108 lotuses before her and started praying. To test his reverence, the goddess removed one lotus out of 108. While reaching the end of the prayer Lord Ram realized that one lotus is missing. So, he started to cut off his eye as his eyes symbolized lotus, to complete his prayer. Pleased with his devotion, goddess Durga granted him victory over Ravana.
Symbolic of good over evil: -
It is widely believed that after diligently praying to goddess Lord Ram succeeded in defeating Ravana. This festival symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. How one can get over their inner demon and lead a prosperous life. All over India Dussehra is celebrated in different ways. Dussehra of Kullu, West Bengal, and Tripura is very popular.